During a three-day holiday in late November of 2014, I visited Kakyo Park in Echizen City to enjoy the autumn leaves there. When I was climbing the long stone stairs I found a shrine on my left. Since I didn't expect to see a shrine inside the park, I decided to explore it. I was rewarded when the sublime, graceful beauty of Okafuto Shrine spread in front of me. Since I entered the shrine from the park side, the first thing I saw was the Main Hall, the most beautiful of all buildings of the shrine. The whole place was decorated with brilliant autumn leaves, yet it was quiet, and I enjoyed the tranquil beauty of the shrine almost to myself. What joy!
Echizen's Kakyo Park Series
1. Multi Colored Kakyo Park in Echizen
2. Country House at Fukui's Kakyo Park
3. Okafuto Shrine's Prayer Hall
4. Mikoshi-Den of Okafuto Shrine
5. Main Hall of Okafuto Shrine
6. Sangetsu-Ro & Izumo Taisha in Fukui
7. Konpira Shrine at Kakyo Park
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.